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Officers

Robert Goss, President

About Robert Goss, President Robert began working with the Friends of Folsom Parkways more than 25 years ago when he was the City of Folsom's Park Planning Superintendent and then Parks and Recreation Director, responsible for planning and building the city's parks and trails system. After retirement in 2018, Robert formally joined the Friends and assisted the group with creation of their first strategic plan and an update of their bylaws.

Robert believes the Friends are incredible advocates for Folsom's trail and parkway system, contributing sweat equity, elbow grease, money, and insightful advocacy to the preservation and expansion of the amenities that truly make Folsom Distinctive by Nature.

Many hours each week are spent walking the trails with his wife Claudia and their super disc dog Dakota. Robert has a stable of bicycles in his garage and rides thousands of miles each year including a cross country trip in 2019 from San Diego, CA to Key West, FL, and the entire Oregon and California coastlines. He's also explored several nationally recognized rail trails (Katy Trail in MO, Michelson Trail in SD, GAP + C&O in PA and DC) and continues his advocacy for development of a rail trail from Folsom to Placerville.

A couple of Robert's favorite quotes: "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir
"Keep the rubber side down" - unknown

Bruce Cline, 1st Vice-President

About Bruce Cline, 1st Vice-President

Bruce is a 33-year resident of Folsom and an advocate for our trails and oak tree preservation in our open space and trails corridors. Bruce and his wife Julie back up to the Oak Parkway Trail and they have been active in efforts to preserve these Oak beauties from being removed by the utilities.

Bruce’s role on the Board includes being a liaison with the local officials, a job he really enjoys as it relates to his career as the City Attorney in Folsom, retiring a few years back.

“Bike trails are special places for a community so people can take a little break and breathe some air” Bruce believes. He and his wife plan vacations around bike trips all over including the Black Hills and South East Asia last year and the lakes of Michigan this fall. Bruce rode across the country with his buddy and fellow Board Member Robert Goss in 2019. Biking in the San Juan Islands, the Erie Canal, the GAP and C&O, the KATY Trail, Florida, and many places in between have been wonderful experiences. Of course, “our trails in Folsom are the crown jewels of our town and I urge everyone to take a shot at riding every inch of every trail in Folsom—you will learn a lot about this great place” said Bruce.

The Friends have an incredible legacy in Folsom of helping develop trails in Folsom and I encourage anyone who uses and loves our trails to join this great group. There are so many ways to contribute big or small and you will have a lot of fun doing it.

Lynn LePage, 2nd Vice-President

About Lynn LePage, 2nd Vice-President

Lynn has the distinction of being one of the founding members of Friends of Folsom Parkways. His family moved to Folsom in 1965 and he has fond memories of using Folsom’s natural creek corridors as key recreational amenities as he grew up—playing "hide and seek," exploring the dredgings, hiking, running, etc. Lynn had been working as the city’s first full-time recreation manager since 1985. At that time there were very few parks and recreational amenities, and he spent a large amount time trying to develop them with limited resources. Therefore, around 1990, when a group of concerned citizens came together to speak out against the impact of a proposed development on the Humbug Creek corridor, it seemed like a natural fit to join them. "This was the genesis of the Friends of Folsom Parkways...Attempting to connect our parks to open space and future trails was a key drive of developing the friends of Folsom Parkways.“

His most memorable Friend’s event was at the beginning—helping build the 1st mile of trail as a pilot project to convince the elected officials that hiring a trail coordinator would be of great benefit to the city. 60-miles later, we can say the pilot was a success! One of Lynn's reponsibilities within our organization is to monitor the development process in the Folsom Ranch area, which is expected to include the building of 30 miles of trails as well as open space, parks, and schools. So, more to come!

Now retired after over 33 years as a recreation manager, Lynn enjoys volunteering, biking, skiing, hiking and photography. Lynn concludes: "Being able to live, work and play in our great community has been an amazing blessing for our family. Our famous trails, parks and amenities have motivated two of our three boys to return to Folsom after college. (Well, maybe the fact that Professor Janna LePage loves to cook, bake, and host weekly dinners might have something to do with it too!)"

Treasurer, Vacant

About Jim Ramstad, Treasurer

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Secretary, Vacant

About Carol Ramstad, Secretary

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Board of Directors

Communications, Megan Annis

About Carol Ramstad, Secretary

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Eric James, Membership

About Eric James, Membership Eric and his wife Mary lived in Sacramento for many years before relocating to the Big Island in 2000 where Eric worked as an engineer developing instruments for the Gemini Observatory. In 2010, they moved to Pasadena where Eric worked at Caltech on the LIGO observatory project.

Following Eric’s retirement in 2012, he and Mary stashed their belongings in storage before taking the opportunity to travel both domestically and internationally before moving back to the Sacramento area. While considering Folsom as the place to call home, they lived in local hotels, rented for four years, and eventually bought their Folsom home in 2019.

Both Eric and Mary have ridden over the years with the Sacramento Bike Hikers and the Wheelmen, and several Rails to Trails routes in the U.S. As enthusiastic cyclists and outdoor people, they discovered their love of Folsom's great trails. A cycling friend introduced them to the Friends of Folsom Parkways, which fit their passion, so they joined and began volunteering. Eric offered to help with membership in 2017. As Membership Director, Eric brought the non-profit organization into the 21st century with new membership software and donated the funds to assure the new membership program could be implemented.

Now, after many years of service, Mary and Eric recently became our first Lifetime Members with their donation of $500 each. When asked “Why?” Eric summed it up succinctly—"Simple, the organization helps promote and protect our trails and open space."

Glenn Hermanson, Special Projects

About Glenn Hermanson, Special Projects Glenn has been a resident of Folsom since 1993. He and his wife Kaye have raised two daughters who both attended Vista del Lago High School. Glenn is a civil engineer working for a consulting firm in Sacramento. His professional focus for over 30 years has been designing pipelines, both new pipelines and rehabilitating old pipelines.

For over a decade Glenn was the Folsom Area coordinator for Creek Week. Each year he would organize over 100 volunteers to clean litter from the trails in Folsom. His favorite trail in Folsom is the Oak Avenue Parkway Trail but he can’t decide which view he likes better, the view from the top of the hill at BT Collins Park or the view of the water treatment plant near East Natoma Street.

Glenn has been a member of FoFP since 2009. As the Director of Special Projects, Glenn’s role is to identify projects that would enhance the trails and parkways in the City and then work with members and other parties to implement those projects. The projects are usually physical projects such as a new bench, tree plantings, or trail stenciling. Glenn is always interested in suggestions for projects. Send him an email Mail Me

Maynard Johnston, At Large Director and General Membership Committee Chair

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Max Hoffstadt, Youth: Folsom High School Senior – Class of 2024

About Max Hoffstadt, Youth: Folsom High School Senior – Class of 2024 Max can be seen riding to school, board meetings and around town on his E-Bike. Riding to Folsom High from his home south of highway 50 on his E-Bike makes the morning commute much easier and he also gets around on his bike on light rail. Max’s interest in urban planning fits great with the mission of the Friends to promote connectivity of communities through trails. Max commented, “As I research urban environment, I’ve learned how valuable parkways and green space are to a community.” He is a student volunteer at the Folsom History Museum and enjoys trivia with his friends at Trivia nights in Folsom. The Friends Board loves the results already as Max presented at the July meeting on the benefits of an Instagram account and is now administering the new account. Follow us on Instagram @friendsoffolsomparkways. Welcome Max.

Hitha Varganti, Youth: Folsom High School Senior – Class of 2024

About Hitha Varganti, Youth: Folsom High School Senior – Class of 2024 Hitha is a very busy young woman, and the Friends are very excited to have her energy and enthusiasm on our Board. Hitha has incorporated a sense of community in the activities in which she has been involved from a battery drive project as a Junior where she and a team focused their efforts in a SMUD YES 2023 program on enhancing battery disposal to working as a volunteer at Mercy General Hospital. The Rotary selected Hitha to participate in the Rotary Leadership Conference in 2022 as one of a few select Juniors to enhance leadership and advocacy skills. Hitha worked as a Vacation Zone counselor for kids with the Folsom Parks and Recreation program last summer and returned helping kids at summer camps this year, as well as working on the Holiday Lights program at the zoo. In her “free” time she enjoys Indian Classical dancing, painting silhouettes, reading, is the President of the SkillsUSA club at Folsom High School, volunteered in a campaign and of course walking, biking and running on Folsom trails. Our future is bright, Welcome Hitha.

Jim Ramstad, At Large Director

About Jim Ramstad, Treasurer

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Carol Ramstad, At Large Director

About Carol Ramstad, Secretary

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Jim Kirstein, President Emeritus

About Jim Kirstein, President Emeritus

Jim has advocated every step of the way since the Friends inception in 1991. He led the Friends as President for over 25 years, just recently passing the post on to some new blood. He also was the newsletter editor for over 25 years, putting out monthly editions--without missing an edition in all those years!

In the early 90’s Jim and the Friends advocated for the very first bike trails in the Parkway when no bike trails existed throughout the city. Jim led efforts to bring the American River bike trail to Folsom as it stopped at Hazel. His most recent (and proudest!) accomplishment for Folsom Parkways was advocating for the Oak Avenue Parkway trail underpass at Natoma Street and Folsom Prison, connecting to the Johnny Cash Trail.

Jim is a proud grandfather 3 times over, loves the musical performances at the Harris Center and growing his own fruits and vegetables. An avid cyclist and runner, at age 80+ now, Jim is most frequently found walking the trails – and enjoying the fruits of his advocacy.

Staff

Terri Stackhouse, Newsletter Publisher

About Terri Stackhouse, Newsletter Publisher

Terri worked for 40 years at a Fortune 100 financial services company and managed internal communications for 1,100 small business owners in California including the monthly newsmagazine and weekly newsletter. In addition, she supported the company’s 501(c)(3) Foundation to engage and promote community giving throughout California in the areas of youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, domestic violence, and veterans programs.

In addition to managing the newsletter for FoFP, Terri is a board member of Funds Just for Kids, Inc., a nonprofit that raises money for local youth groups, and Children’s Transportation Fund which raises money to transport children to Shriner’s Children’s Northern California.

Terri says, “I have been happily married to my husband for over 30 years and we are blessed with two wonderful children. In 2000, we moved to Folsom from Mission Viejo to be closer to family. Some of the things we love about Folsom are its friendly, small-town feel, its history, and its vast trail system. I love that there are so many Class I trails separated from traffic that meander over streams on graceful bridges, and through the massive, old, shady oak groves and native flowers. It’s so nice we don’t have to leave town to enjoy nature.”

Kaye Hermanson, Adopt-a-Trail Coordinator

About Kaye Hermanson, Adopt-a-trail coordinator Kaye has been a resident of Folsom since 1993. She and her husband Glenn have raised two daughters who both attended Folsom Hills Elementary, Folsom Middle School and Vista del Lago High School. Kaye retired in 2023 from UC Davis Health system where she was a clinical psychologist for over 30 years.

Kaye is a recent new member of FoFP, joining in 2023 and coming on-board as the FoFP liaison to the City of Folsom's Adopt-a-Trails program. Kaye's role is to communicate with current and potential volunteers, coordinate training for volunteers, track volunteer hours spent on trail clean-up and maintenance, and keep City officials apprised of any trails' issues that are reported by volunteers. Kaye is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested, send her an email:
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Sally Kalaghan, Adopt-a-Trail Coordinator

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Jerry Beckett, Website Coordinator

About Jerry Beckett, Website Coordinator Upon joining the Friends in 2016, Jerry created and now maintains the Friends first website, manages our Meetup.com group, and co-administers our new Wild Apricot application.

After retirement, cycling became Jerry’s passion which led him to meet his wife, Peggy. In 2006 they found their ideal home along the Humbug Creek Trail and enjoy biking and hiking the trails, especially with the grandkids. They enjoy all types of bike touring and have ridden self-supported across the USA numerous times, overcoming mountains, wind, rain, lousy campsites, getting lost, and worst of all—mosquitos!

An active member in the Sacramento Bike Hikers club, Jerry leads rides, helps maintain the club’s website (as well as sites for other groups), published the ride schedule, and started its Meetup group. He maintains a weekly bike ride along Folsom trails for the club.

Jerry’s career was with the state prison system as a counselor, researcher, and manager. While never an official computer programmer, he used those skills regularly in his job, and developed the state’s first computerized inmate classification system. That was so long ago, Jerry had to do his programming on keypunch cards! Jerry’s not just a numbers guy—he also pursues his passion for graphic design by developing art for a number of community organizations.